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Västerbotten County

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Travel Warning WARNING: There is an ongoing fire ban (eldningsförbud) in all of Västerbotten County since 25 July 2019. It is prohibited to light an open fire and to use barbeque grills in the wild and in areas where sparks cannot be contained. It is recommended not to smoke, leave glas and park your vehicle in the wild and on grass terrain.

Västerbotten County, Västerbottens län, in Norrland in Sweden consists of the coastal province Västerbotten and southern Lappland.


Map of Västerbotten County
Västerbotten County.


Southern Lappland[edit]

Other destinations[edit]

  • 5 Hemavan, a secluded ski resort by the largest nature reserve in Sweden, trailhead to the famous Kungsleden hiking trail
  • Tärnaby, a ski resort which has fostered several ski champions


While the coastal Västerbotten province has culturally been part of Sweden since the Middle Ages, Lappland is a traditional homeland of the Sami people. Many settlers from middle Sweden arrived during the early 20th century. Its population is decreasing, except for that of the bustling city of Umeå.


While Sami language is spoken together with some archaic Swedish dialects bondska, virtually everyone speaks Swedish as their mother tongue.

Get in[edit]

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By plane[edit]

Airports are

  • Umeå airport
  • Skellefteå airport
  • Hemavan-Tärnaby airport
  • Lycksele airport
  • Vilhelmina airport

By train[edit]

SJ has trains from Stockholm to Umeå.

By car[edit]

  • From Stockholm or Malmö to Umeå/Skellefteå: road E4.
  • From Stockholm or Malmö to Vilhelmina/Storuman/Tärnaby: road E4 to Sundsvall, then road 331.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]


The county will be of interest primarily to nature lovers, and hikers will here find quite some wilderness. But the mines of Kiruna or the ice hotel are other points of interest.


City-life is primarily found in Umeå. This sparsely populated region is great for outdoor life; especially hiking along Kungsleden, and winter sport (see winter in the Nordic countries).


See also: Nordic cuisine

Västerbottensost is a local cheese made in Burträsk near Skellefteå.

While Umeå has a lively community of vegans and vegetarians, fishing and hunting are pastimes in the countryside.


Nightlife can mainly be found in Umeå, and at the ski resorts.

Stay safe[edit]

See cold weather. Bears roam the region.

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